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Suncity Suites’ 1st Anniversary Events

July 13, 2011 2 comments

Ever since its opening in July 22, 2010, Suncity Suites has become a major participant in the tourism industry of Region 12 by providing premiere accommodations to tourists who visit General Santos City and neighboring towns and provinces. It has obtained a major share of the hotel industry with its fresh, modern hotel design and clean, comfortable and aesthetically pleasant rooms.

In the span of one year, it has managed to capture guests from all over Mindanao and even visitors from all over the Philippines.

The Suncity Complex houses various restaurants and shops aside from Suncity Suites. These restaurants provide gastronomical choices from Filipino classics to pastries. Shops are also in the complex to be able to make a guest’s stay more convenient and enjoyable.

Suncity Suites aims to continuously raise the bar in hotel accommodations in the region with their clear-cut management policies, care for both guests and employees, consistent marketing activities and constant customer service evaluation. As a result of these efforts, Suncity Suites enjoys an above 70% occupancy rate. It also gained top place for hotels in General Santos City on popular travel website, www.tripadvisor.com.

On its first anniversary, Suncity Suites expresses their gratitude to guests who have been the reason for Suncity’s successful year with a whole weekend of exciting events.

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They will also be having an Appreciation Night for Top Accounts on July 22, 2011 and a Golf Tournament on July 23, 2011 for special friends.

It has indeed been a bountiful year for Suncity Suites. Suncity Suites wishes to keep the Sun shining for years.

Suncity Suites, National Highway, General Santos City.

Tel. 083 552 3333, 554 3333

My Overnight Stay at Sarangani Highlands Hotel

July 10, 2011 6 comments

After four years, Sarangani Highlands still continues to surprise me and even their most loyal customers with continued development.

On our annual anniversary dinner, I decided to ask Dr. Abella, the owner, if I can stay overnight in their new hotel. Thankfully, she agreed. I had a great time.

I stayed in one of their deluxe rooms on the second floor. It’s a clean, simple yet elegant room with a great view from the room veranda and from the veranda in the hallway. It’s the type of hotel room you want to stay in and just read a book or watch tv or even just stare at the ceiling.

 

Due to my weekday 5am alarm, I automatically woke up at 5am…. on a Saturday morning! Even without the alarm! Anyway, it wasn’t too bad because I got to have the whole place to myself at the break of dawn.

Lovely. Priceless.

It was a relaxing moment trotting to the ridge thr0ugh the morning mist. If you like Sarangani Highlands with a lot of people walking around and dining, imagine being alone (well, aside from the gardener) and basking in the calm and quiet of the place. But it was also a great moment to have breakfast with the people behind Sarangani Highlands.

I plan to do this again, alone and with my family and to invite my friends to do the same because I know a lot of them would appreciate some downtime.

The deluxe rooms start at P 1,500 per night and the superior rooms (good for seven people) are at P 1,900 per night. Great price for a fabulous time!

Should you wish to reserve a room, you can call 083 3040752 or email saranganihighlands@gmail.com.

 

Kalilangan Festival 2011 Schedule of Events

February 11, 2011 2 comments

It’s February and in General Santos City, that means it’s Kalilangan Festival again. For those of you who would like to know what are the happenings in this year’s festival, check out the list of events below.

 

12 Feb, Saturday, 2:00 p.m.
Fliprap (Fliptop/ Rap) Screening
Robinsons Place GenSan

13 Feb, Sunday, 2:00 p.m.
AKOSTIK- Barangay ko, Lab Ko Screening
Robinsons Place GenSan

14 Feb, Monday, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Hiphop Lyrical Dance Contest Screening
Robinsons Place GenSan

14 Feb, Monday
Sayaw Pinoy Screening (High School and Elementary Category- Highland and Lowland)
Robinsons Place GenSan

14 Feb, Monday
Kandadapada: Visual Arts Competition
Oval Plaza

16 Feb, Wednesday, 2:00 p.m.
Pangalay (Dayang dayang) Screening
Robinsons Place GenSan

16 Feb, Wednesday
‘Banda Layag: Battle of the Bands’ Screening
KCC Mall of GenSan Convention Center

19 Feb, Saturday, 7:00 p.m.
RMN “Go Mindanao for Peace”
Oval Plaza

20-27 Feb
GenSan Camera Club Photo Exhibit
KCC Mall of GenSan

GMA Kapuso Mall Tour
KCC Mall of GenSan

21 Feb, Monday, 1:00 p.m.
‘Hudyat: Recoreda sa Barangay’ Announcement & Invitation

21 Feb, Monday, 6:30 p.m.
Formal Festival OPENING “Kasaysayan, Kultura, Kalilangan”
Oval Plaza

21 Feb, Monday
RPN DXDX Concert with Red Cross ‘Dugong Generals 2’
Oval Plaza

22 Feb, Tuesday, 6:00 a.m.
Farmers Day (Fun walk, Kapihan
IPM Amazing Race
Caratela Parade of Stars

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22 Feb, Tuesday, 3:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.
Laro ng Lahi (Junior Category)
Oval Plaza

22 Feb, Tuesday
AKO STIK- Barangay ko, Lab Ko (Acoustic- Brgy Jingle competition)
Oval Plaza

23-24 Feb, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Techno Forum
MSU Graduate School AVR

23 Feb, Wednesday, 6:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.
Banda Layag (Battle of the Bands Competition)
Oval Plaza

24 Feb, Thursday, 1:00 p.m.
Traditional Food Expo Competition
Oval Plaza

24 Feb, Thursday, 5:00 p.m.
Tadaman Cultural Showcase
Kulintangan sa Kalilangan
Pangalay – Dayang dayang Competition

Oval Plaza

24 Feb, Thursday, 4:00 p.m.
Traditional Games Exhibition: Sipa sa Mangis
Damlo Anok
(audience challenge)
Oval Plaza

24 Feb, Thursday, 6:30 p.m.
Kamunamunan: Cultural Night of Remembrance
KCC Mall of GenSan Convention Center

24 Feb, Thursday, 7:00 p.m.
Bombo Radyo: Tambalan sa Kantahan sa Kalilangan
Oval Plaza

25 Feb. Friday, 7:00 p.m.
Concert for a Cause
General Santos City Gymnasium

25-26 Feb
Kalilangan Badminton Open
Mr. BigShot Open Badminton Courts

25 Feb, Friday, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Dancesports Workshop

25 Feb, Friday, 9:00 p.m.
RGMA Singing for Peace
Oval Plaza

25 Feb, Friday, 5:00 p.m.
Mga Sayaw Pinoy
Oval Plaza

25 Feb, Friday, 7:00 p.m.
“Tapuk Alingogngog” Street Party
Pres. Jose P. Laurel East Avenue

25 Feb, Friday, 8:00 p.m.
Robinsons Street Party
Robinsons Place GenSan

26 Feb, Saturday, 6:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
1st Motorcycle Grand Prix
Robinsons Place GenSan

26 Feb, Saturday, 10:00 a.m.
National Dancesports Competition

26 Feb, Saturday, 1:00 p.m.
Gymkhana Invitational Open (HONDA)
Mabuhay I.T. Park

26 Feb, Saturday, 2:00 p.m.
Boxing at the Park
PBA Sports Center (Oval Plaza Covered Court)

26 Feb, Saturday, 7:00 p.m.
Hiphop Lyrical Dance Contest
Oval Plaza

26 Feb, Saturday
Human Beatbox Showdown
Oval Plaza

26 Feb, Saturday, 9:00 p.m.
Globe Concert
Oval Plaza

26 Feb, Saturday, 5:00 p.m.
Robinsons Celebrity Mall Show
Robinsons Place GenSan

27 Feb, Sunday, 6:00 a.m.
Salubongan/Wreath Laying
Plaza Heneral Santos

27 Feb, Sunday
Powerade Cheerleading Competition
General Santos City Gymnasium

27 Feb, Sunday, 10:00 a.m.
RPN “Dugong Generals 2”
Robinsons Place GenSan

27 Feb, Sunday, 10:00 a.m.
National Mt. Bike Downhill Challenge 2011
Leyson Ranch, Nopol Hills

27 Feb, Sunday, 1:00 p.m.
Kadsagayan sa Kalilangan (Street Dance Competition)
Pioneer Avenue

27 Feb, Sunday, 4 p.m.
“Tagbuan sa Kalilangan” (Closing Program)
Oval Plaza

27 Feb, Sunday, 7:00 p.m.
KCC Concert Show
KCC Mall of GenSan Convention Center

27 Feb, Sunday, 7:00 p.m.
“Kasadya sa Kadalanan” (Street Party)
Pioneer Avenue

 

Gensan View Resort: This place is ready for summer

March 1, 2010 46 comments

I have not visited any new place recently so on one hot day in Gensan, my whole family decided to check out Gensan View Resort.

We have not driven or passed through Nursery Road ever so we are glad of the signage to the resort from Lagao market and just before the resort at 200meters. Very helpful indeed. Here is what will welcome you inside the resort.

The resort is a pretty and, thank God, quiet place tucked away in off-downtown Lagao. We were there early so we had a chance to really enjoy the peace of early mornings. There were no other guests except one small group of kids in the kiddie pool and their guardian.

We occupied one of their small huts. It is clean, properly wired (the electricity) and is big enough for a group of 10, I would say. Notice also the loft or overhead shelf of some sort. I think it’s a good idea for putting away clean and dry clothes, other personal belongings and things you would not need for eating. I noticed garbage bins between cottages so that is good. The small hut rents out for P 200.

Their toilet and changing room is mighty clean. (I snooped around in the men’s room and, yes, the room is clean too and smells good as well. If a place can keep the men’s room, smelling clean, they sure know what they are doing.) I do find a striking semblance to Sarangani Highlands’ CR.

They also have a common area if you wish not to occupy the cottages. A table is at P100 only so if there’s just a few of you, you’ll be comfortable in there too. They have a common grilling and wash area for those who just can’t go on a swimming trip without grilled fish or barbecue. You can bring your own food, they won’t charge you corkage and their beverages are very affordable.

Near the pool area is the shower. They do emphasize taking a shower before getting into the pool. I do wish, though, that they would be strict on the swimming attire as it is our dream for this to be really implemented in pools here in Gensan. For me, it’s more of the concern for the owners who have to spend more to keep the water clean and clear. (That sounded like a facial wash.)

We did not get to see the rest of the resort. We did see the hawks and lots of other birds in their boating area. Whoa! My husband wished he had a better lens but he still got good shots.

What is outstanding about the place is that it is clean and yes, they have a guy, I assume a lifeguard, who just oversees the people in the pool. Of course, it’s a new resort so I hope to see that the cleanliness and orderliness of the resort are maintained till years after. I also have to note that theere was no videoke or any loud music so that is a major thumbs-up for me.

For P 50, it sure is a bargain.

Gensan View Resort is located along Nursery Road, Lagao, General Santos City. Tel. 302 8237.

Thank you from TFCE and GSC Tourism Association

September 15, 2009 5 comments

After probably three of the most stressful weeks  of my life, the Tuna Festival Culinary Expo was successfully staged last August 29 to 31, 2009 at the Atrium of the Gaisano Mall of Gensan. Looking back, I honestly don’t know how my partners in crime, Ate Kring Macion and Chiclet Rillo and I, got to pull it all together. Despite the stress, I am happy the event turned out really well and I have more guts for next year *smile*TFCE 2009 IMGP5829-01

Although we have already sent out our thank you letters and post-event reports, I would like to thank the following people profusely.TFCE 2009 IMGP5839-01

To God for all good people He sent our way and for the strength of heart, mind and body,

To Kring Macion and Chiclet Rillo for the additional lakas ng loob LOL,

To our husbands who were our drivers and sometimes, kargadors,

To my assistant, Kim,

To the very industrious students of ACA Sargen who were our marshals,

To Marasa Grill staff for helping us with the event even if it’s not part of their job,

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To the active members of GSC Tourism Association, Tita Nits Velasquez of Arnevel’s Catering, Roy of Nadie’s, Russel of T’Boli Hotel, Gladys Golingan of Family Country Hotel, Rachie of Avis Rent A Car, East Asia Royale Hotel, for the support and the attendance in meetings,

To our distinguished judges, Jill Sandique, Datu Shariff Pendatun, Christine Nunag, Rose Hatulan and Gay Carillo,

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To our major sponsors, Local government of General Santos City, GSC Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Tuna Festival Council, Kikkoman, Magnolia, Safi UFC (Nutriasia), Minola Oil, Lisa’s Tender Lean Meats, RDEX Food International, Unilever Foodsolutions and Dole Philippines,foodprof3

To the participants  and winners, East Asia Royale Hotel for live cooking, Grab a Crab for table setting and Brokenshire College which won in both the live cooking and table setting for students (it sure is a happy year for them), congratulations, guys,

To Gerardo’s Cakes and School of Culinary Arts, Shellane and La Germania for our cooking stations,

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To the rest of our sponsors, Silver Swan, SN Widereach Marketing, Fiesta Appliance, Marasa Grill, Jun Ador and Shop and Tell for our welcome display, Ms. Tess Napala and Gregoria Printing, our marshals from ACA Sargen Foundation, Chewee and the rest of the guys from ACLC Gensan, Kablon Farm, Mark dela Cruz of NDDU’s Sarimanok Dance Troupe, Kristan Educational Supply, MP Princess Digital Solutions, City Art Printing, our media partners, Wild FM – 99.1 and http://www.gensantos.com,

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Our partner restaurants and hotels, T’Boli Hotel, Six’ Blings (now Icons), Red Tent Steakhouse, Mix n’ Magic, Nadie’s Chicken Haus, Allan Sanidad of Abi’s and Gio’s Mongo Grill, Gusteau’s for the crabs, Fuentespina House of Cashew, Sarangani Highlands and Red Ribbon,

Thank you all. Till next Culinary Expo!

Takdol Festival was a success!

June 17, 2009 4 comments

In behalf of the Sarangani Highlands team, I would like to thank all our guests and partners for the first Takdol Festival. It was a success! Our sincere thanks to San Miguel Beer, Coca-cola, Governor Miguel Dominguez, Michelle Solon, Mabuhay Magazine and ABS-CBN. Below are some pictures of the event. More photos at http://saranganihighlands.multiply.com. Thank you to my husband, Milper for this great pictures. The next Takdol Festival is on July 10, 2009. Featured cuisine: Mexican! Yum! See you on July 10! fulllmoonandflowerstakdolbuffet

South Point Divers in Maasim, Sarangani Province

April 20, 2009 10 comments

Over the long Holy Week, my family and I visited a couple of resorts and this one would be the highlight: our visit to South Point Divers.

We started Black Saturday with breakfast at Dr. Abella’s beahfront property in Tinoto. Just before lunchtime to go to check out neighboring Lemlunay or South Poit Divers.

This would be my second time to be here. But this time, I saw the improvement of the resort. It was lively with guests and the dining area looks erally great. It’s not flashy or fancy but it’s still very elegant, cozy and welcoming.

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We were greeted with a warm Maayong Udto and seated. The menu is simple but not entirely ordinary. It has a lot of good choices, a good mix of favorites and new treats. We had grilled pork belly, tuna steak or fillet sandwich and mahi-mahi in italian sauce. All of them were great-tasting. I only had two wishes about our lunch. One is that I hope they used tuna fillet instead of tuna cubes for the sandwich and, two, that they didn’t use plastic plates. (Though we served some of the dishes using Corel. Hmmm… extremes.)

This is the view from the dining area.

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When we were there, there were a couple of foreigners. How I wish that we, who live in Socsksargen, would go visit our own tourist spots. I have not gone diving in ages but I thinik that I would go back to South Point just to be able to read in peace and stare at the bay.  Lovely.

I love Genee!

March 6, 2009 11 comments

If you’ve never been to Genee, you should go check it out right now.

Why do I love Genee?  I love it for a lot of reasons. The price, I think, is a BIG reason. For a decent meal, the price is outrageously cheap. At the same time, the food is good and is served to you in a jiffy. A lot of boys I talked to think the portion is not enough. (well then order an extra cup of rice). But for the price, that is what ought to be in the plate. The portion for me is okay.

The restaurant itself is a winner. It’s fresh, vibrant, clean, cool but not intimidating or fancy altogether.

I have tasted all their food except for the gellee and tunaghetti. All the others I have tasted, chicken and bangus inasal, burger, hotdog, halo-halo, are good for me. I would have a few changes like the bread could taste better especially for the hotdog. Or maybe another choice for the siding for the inasal.  It would also be great if they can add another dish or two.

For me, Genee is a place where everyone can eat. Rich, not rich, middle-class, students, workers, businessman. It’s also a place to hang out, make your assignments, think, have meetings and the like. I like that they have WI-FI and that the place is not airconditioned. I also like that Ernan is there! *smile*

Check out our pictures at Genee. These were taken during Kalilangan.

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Royale Lounge: It might be my new favorite place…

February 15, 2009 8 comments

I attended one of the  monthly meetings of GSC Tourism Association. Since we have mostly hotels and restaurants as members, we book meetings with all of them in alphabetical order. Our last meeting was the East Asia Royale Hotel.

No function room or whatever. Just East Asia Royale Hotel.

royalelounge2Boo of Sarangani Highlands and I were early and decided to camp out at the fabulously designed Royale Lounge. I have been there once before on a very brief meeting.

This time, I had the chance to really sit down and eat and enjoy the place. I loved the Royale Lounge! It’s where you would want to be for corporate meetings. Definitely good to meet there at 2 to 5pm beczuse there’s nobody there. What was most surprising was the price. It was affordable, in my opinion. I ordered Spaghetti Bolognese since it was just 3pm. I think it was good and for a restaurant to cook spaghetti the way I like it, I think we would probably agree on their other dishes.

The place is small for a 100 plus room hotel. But good for Gensan crowd. (By experience, Gensan diners like small dining rooms, trust me.)

Check out their buffet dinner from Wednesdays to Saturdays at P 299 only per person.

My Pinoy Valentine at Marasa Grill

February 9, 2009 5 comments

Now on its 6th year of cooking good food, Marasa Grill invites you to a hearty Valentines bufffet dinner on February 14, 2009.

“My Pinoy Valentine: A Filipino Buffet Dinner”

February 14, 2009, 6pm to 2am

Dinner is at P 250 per person. Kid’s rate apply.

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You’ll enjoy your favorite Filipino dishes like lechon, grilled tuna belly and panga, kinilaw and other delicious fares Marasa Grill has served its loyal patrons for years.

A live rondalla group will entertain you the classic Filipino way! Marasa Grill will be open till 2am for those who choose to have their late dinners.

What’s even greater is that when you buy tickets to this valentine dinner, you help Rotary Club of Greater Gensan’s feeding program. P 10 will be donated by Marasa Grill to the program for every ticket sold.

Marasa Grill is located in Kadulasan St., General Santos City. Telephone numbers 5524628 and 3045785.

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